Handling Medical Negligence

Medical Negligence

Medical Negligence

At one point or another we will all end up in the care of medical professionals.  It might be at the local general practitioners office or it could be in an emergency situation at the local hospital.  We have to place a lot of trust in the hands of medical professionals because they literally have our lives in their hands.

We all hope that the medical professionals charged with keeping us healthy are acting professionally, ethically and have the required training.  Unfortunately that is not always the case and medical professionals can make mistakes that can injure or even kill you.

If you have suffered at the hands of a medical professional because of what you believe to be a medical mistake or incompetence, you may have a case for malpractice.  Although medical malpractice cases are often complex to deal with, you should fight for your right to compensation if you have been wronged.

The burden of proof in medical malpractice cases lies with the patient, so they have to prove that their allegations of malpractice are true.  It is important that you avoid the common mistakes in medical malpractice suits as listed below.  Working with a skilled attorney will ensure that you avoid these mistakes.

1. Make sure you reach out to a qualified legal practitioner with experience in medical malpractice cases. They will provide you with advice on what evidence you need to gather and what your chances for winning the case are.

2. As quickly as possible, gather all of the documentation you can which helps you fulfill the burden of proof.  That means certified copies of your medical records and any documentation related to your treatment.  Describe what happened to you in fine detail and write that information along with dates in times in a logbook.  Makes rue you include the names of the relevant medical professionals involved at each step in yout treatment as well as any important information they gave you with each step.  Write down details of those conversations with medial professionals in great detail.  Record the names of witnesses involved in those discussions.  Also write down any expenses that have come about due to the medical negligence.

3. Take photos of your injuries at every stage.  Photos can be used as evidence when attempting to describe your injuries to a jury.  You will need to do this because by the time the matter eventually reaches court, your injuries may have healed substantially and be less shocking to a jury.

4. Pursue the matter immediately!  There is a statute of limitations in most states that says you cannot seek damages for medical negligence after a specific time period.  These cases can also be very lengthy, so the sooner you get the ball rolling the better.